FINGERS have been pointed at Milton Keynes General Hospital following the death of a 13-month-old boy.
Calvin Prentice-Aucock spent most of his short life in and out of hospital as he suffered from severe reflux and vomiting. He also ‘went floppy’ on many occasions prompting his mother , 19-year-old Hannah Aucock, to take him to hospital.
His death in November 2010 came after he was released from the children’s ward, where he had spent five days, but during a feed he collapsed.
Calvin was rushed to Accident & Emergency and then admitted back on to the children’s ward.
Doctors tried, and failed, to take his blood pressure and cannulate him. He died in the early hours on November 9, from acute hypoxic ischemic brain injury.
Coroner Tom Osbourne heard that staff at the hospital felt he was in a stable condition when he was admitted to the children’s ward where he later died, though he said that his death could have been prevented had the right steps been taken by staff at the hospital.
Mr Osbourne said: “His death was contributed to by a failure of clear and successful leadership in the care and support of a very sick child prior to cardiopulmonary arrest.”
Speaking to the Citizen, Mum Hannah said, said that while they were in and out of hospital on a regular basis, she just wanted to spend time with her son.
She said: “He was a smiley little boy. He was lovely. He had his own little personality and he was a perfect little boy.
“He had just grown his first tooth.
“We knew he would be going in and out of hospital, but the doctors assured us that he’d grow out of it. It never bothered me that he was in and out of hospital because I was spending time with him, and that was the most important thing for me – to be with him.
“When he was admitted on that day in November, we knew something wasn’t quite right, but you can never really question the doctors – they are supposed to know what they are doing and you are supposed to be able to trust them. But mistakes were made.
“The result we heard is what we wanted. We want Calvin to have made a difference and help make a change so that others don’t suffer the same fate in the future.”
After the inquest, Dr Prem Kurmar Roy, of Milton Keynes Hospital, said: “I do not feel that on arrival he was a dying child, but that is the coroner’s opinion.
“During the process of those hours he became increasingly unwell.”
Milton Keynes Hospital said it had launched a full investigation following Calvin’s death.
A spokesman said: “The hospital reported Calvin’s death as a serious incident and undertook a full internal investigation, which highlighted missed opportunities in his care, following his admission to the emergency department and his subsequent transfer to the ward.
“An action plan was developed and implemented to address the issues highlighted.
“The hospital reported Calvin’s death as a Serious Incident and undertook a full internal investigation, which highlighted missed opportunities in his care, following his admission to the emergency department and his subsequent transfer to the ward.
“An action plan was developed and implemented to address the issues highlighted.”